Panoramical will change the way you conceive of sound

More than a "music visualizer", the widely-anticipated new project by David Kanaga and Fernando Ramallo is practically synesthetic, treating sound as a place to explore and customize

This adventure game about a strange clown is absolutely brilliant

I've fallen for this strange new adventure game about a horrible, balloon-like clown with a gaping maw full of yellow teeth.

Remembering Syberia, an adventure game about a woman finding herself

This classic point-and-click game gives its lead character, Kate, a life that few games offer women: one where she grows.

Your Super Mario Maker level has no chill

It's fun to design your own games, but here's why you should slow your roll.

How to make great levels in Nintendo's Mario Maker

Level design is its own kind of playful art: part theatre and part architecture, you’re making spaces to challenge and delight other people.

The queer masculinity of stealth games

In games, men's bodies often represent brute strength. Stealth games are the focal point for an alternative masculinity: sleek, illusory, sensitive, and self-reflective.

The millennials are all right, and so are their sex games

The sneering condescension and pearl-clutching panic about young people's relationship to sex and technology willfully misses the fruits of an impressive creative movement.

A game-making app for everyone?

Game-making apps tend to evolve into intimidating tools aimed at pros. Beginners need something useful to non-coders—and Nintendo has the right idea.

China loves the lingo of games

In honor of games' growing influence on contemporary Chinese vernacular, here are 5 translated phrases to Second Kill your English vocab.

Piracy gave me a future

Poverty traps its victims in intellectual dead zones. I don't pirate games anymore, but when I needed it, it gave me access to the literature and artistic inspiration of my generation.

Interactive movies make their glorious return

In the 90s, games grasped at maturity with "real" video and actors. It was a weird but cult-beloved wrong turn—and we found a game that's revived it beautifully.

No girl wins: three ways women unlearn their love of video games

My little sister just wants games to be for her exactly what they are for boys and men: easy to love. Why does that have to be so hard?

Carry the frustration of injustice in this game about racist police violence

Akira Thompson's striking work challenges one of the biggest misconceptions about police violence against black people in America, and offers privileged players the chance to experience the truth.

Women take a place at the pinball table

What happens when female players slam tilt their way into the bright, loud world of pinball?

The other side of Braid

In this deeply-personal postmortem of her game Problem Attic, Liz Ryerson explores her relationship to iconic indie darling Braid—and what the game may say about the culture of development.

How card games became cool again

Wildly-popular card game Android: Netrunner has an exceptionally diverse and inviting lore and universe, but its community of players still has to push back against the social stereotypes of the traditional card game scene. Here's how they're doing it.

War without tears

The relationship between video games and violence is healthier than we like to think

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